New Orleans , LA (KMSS) — Monday, September 2, two skateboarders were observed running over a baby chick near Independence and Marais Streets in New Orleans East. Barely alive, a Good Samaritan rushed the crippled bird to Metairie Small Animal Clinic, where the baby chick was treated for a non-displaced fracture in the right leg and compound fracture in the left leg. The bird's legs were placed in miniature splints and the baby bird, since named Nan, was delivered to Katrina Perkowska, Director of Kasia's Ark Bird Rescue and a humane investigator with the Humane Society of Louisiana, for additional care.
Unable to either fully stand or support herself, Nan must be suspended in a small hammock inside her cage and she eats her meals and drinks water while lying sideways. It is a difficult rehabilitation process, but she is trying to take small steps and is progressing a little each day, according to Perkowska. Photos of Nan are attached.
"People may laugh at the implausibility of trying to help a baby chicken with two broken legs, but that is what humane societies do. Our mission is to render aid to those that need it the most, and there is nothing more vulnerable than a baby bird. We are deeply concerned that the young boys responsible for this bird's suffering are still out there and we believe that this callous act of cruelty to a miniature creature is just a pre-cursor of things to come. We all know that violent tendencies displayed at an early age of a person's development often increase over time and continue to repeat themselves," say Jeff Dorson, HSL Director.
The humane society is actively investigating the case and representatives will be canvassing the neighborhood where the bird was found. Anyone with information is asked to call the Humane Society at 1-888-6-HUMANE. Donations to pay for Nan's care may be sent to the Humane Society at P.O. box 740321, New Orleans, LA 70174. All donations are tax deductible.
Ms. Perkowska has possession of Nan and is available for interviews throughout the day. Katrina can be reached by calling 504-723-360.